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Putting their lives at risk in line of duty for others
For more than three hours last Friday night fire fighters from Wilson County Emergency Management Agency fought a hopeless situation.
They were dispatched to the residence of Frank and Carolyn Dudley on Coles Ferry Pike about 5 miles outside of Lebanon to battle a blaze at a metal storage barn believed started by a lightening strike.
Ironically for some of those at the scene it was not the first fire they had fought at the same address. Some 15 years ago the Dudleys, my wife's parents, lost their home and all of its contents as the result of fire.
Carroll-Oakland Community Fish Fry

A few days ago, the members of the Carol Oakland Community club and their guests met at the end of Belotes Ferry Road, 55 of them in all, for a yearly ritual which put an end to the spring fish catch. Tommy Fullington supplied white bass fillets as well as the duck breast wrapped in bacon and fried on a shish kebab while the others brought vegetables and other fixin’s for a downright good eat out.

The weather cooperated eventually after raining that whole morning, but the yard mowing was done the day before so that everything was in place for the guests. I hadn’t cooked fish before, but my friend Boone Swain showed me the trick last year and I went into the affair with the full confidence of a Louisiana bayou chef.
Writer: The Roxy Theater an asset to Lebanon, Wilson County
To the Editor:

I rarely ever write to newspapers, either to complain or to reward praise, but I feel compelled now though to reward some well deserved praise.

I live in the country outside of our wonderful city of Lebanon. This is home. We, the people of Lebanon, have been so blessed by leaders with foresight to keep Lebanon growing and on the cutting edge of society.
Putnam commissioners: No decision yet on Slammin and Jammin
The Wilson Post

Slammin’ & Jammin’ officials will have to wait a little longer to find out if the welcome mat will be rolled out for the car and truck show in Cookeville as the Putnam County Commission decided Monday not to act on a request for the event to use that county’s fairgrounds.

According to an article posted online by The (Cookeville) Herald-Citizen newspaper at on Tuesday, commissioners heard three different motions, one of which would have granted permission for Slammin’ & Jammin to rent the fairgrounds, but none of them had the two-thirds votes needed for passage.

The matter can be brought back before the panel and will likely be put on the planning authority’s agenda for its August meeting, a county commission spokesperson said.
Sherrys Run board announces new course for September 5K Run
Organizers with Sherry’s Run have announced a new course design for the 5K Run/Walk which is slated for Saturday, Sept. 11.  

Scott Jasper, executive board member of Sherry’s Run, who heads up operations for the event, “We feel very fortunate that each year our attendance at Sherry’s Run doubles. Last year we had over 3,200 participants. To say the least we had a few growing pains. Since then we have been diligently working to enhance the 5K Run/Walk event.”

To respond to participants’ needs, the Sherry’s Run course committee has established a new course which will take the run to a new level.
Wilson jobless jumps 0.1 percent for June
From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate for June increased to 8.6 percent, a 0.1 jump from the May figure of 8.5.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released county jobless rates for June on Thursday.
Wilson County had a labor force of 58,490 in June with 53,480 of those employed. That left 5,010 unemployed, the department said.
TVA work to cause brief power outage for East Wilson County Sunday morning
Tennessee Valley Authority will be performing some electrical work this weekend, causing some Middle Tennessee Electric members in eastern Wilson County – including Watertown – to be without power for a brief period Sunday morning, July 25.

The scheduled work will cause approximately 5,000 members to experience a short power outage, approximately 5 minutes in length, just after midnight Sunday.

Specifically, the affected locations will be east of Lebanon, south of Trousdale Ferry Pike to the southern Wilson County line and east of Linwood Road and Cedars of Lebanon Park to the eastern Wilson County line. The outage will also include the adjacent service locations in DeKalb and Smith counties.
Dog tags returned to soldiers sons
The Wilson Post

Two sons of a deceased World War II veteran who was in the Lebanon area for the 2nd Army War Maneuvers in the 1940s returned Wednesday to receive something of their father’s believed lost when he was here – his dog tags.

The two sons were presented with the dog tags during a brief ceremony held at Cumberland University. Roger McKinney, M.D., found the tags on his family’s molasses farm in late January, early February of this year. McKinney then contacted retired Army Col. Jerry McFarland who eventually found Steve Bryant, the eldest son of the deceased veteran Otto H. Bryant, living in Johnson City.

Steve and his younger brother, Bob Bryant, were invited to Cumberland to be presented with their father’s dog tags.
7 days remain in early voting
The Wilson Post

If you’re out and about today or tomorrow, drop by one of the three polling places in Wilson County and cast your ballot early, if you’d like.

Early voting continues for the Aug. 5 Republican and Democratic Primaries and General Election now through Saturday, July 31.

Through Wednesday, early voting so far totaled 2,776. Early voting began July 16.
BR state at Eskew Field

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The Lebanon Lions Club Babe Ruth Baseball League will host the 15 year-old state tournament beginning today at Eskew Field in the Baird Park Complex. Host Lebanon will take on Johnson City in tonight’s 8 p.m. final game.

Tournament play in the double-elimination event begins at 12 Noon as Manchester takes on Lafayette, followed by Livingston vs. Elizabethton at 2:30 p.m. Tullahoma battles Giles County at 5 p.m. followed by the Lebanon - Johnson City matchup.

The tournament winner will advance to the Southeastern Regional Tournament Aug. 5 in Matthews, North Carolina. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children aged 12-5 with youngsters under five admitted free.

The Lebanon 15s rolled through their district tournament, hammering host Livingston 10-0 in the finals. The Lions sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first -- scoring nine runs. Lebanon thumped Lafayette 14-4 Saturday as Zimmer Hunn drilled a walk-off grand slam home run.

The local squad opened tournament play with a 12-2 victory Friday over Livingston. Chase Meador ripped two doubles, scored twice and knocked in a run as Lebanon pounded out 13 hits.

Lebanon’s 14s open state tournament play today at 12 Noon in Winchester as they take on Columbia. The 14s won their district, defeating Cookeville 9-4 Sunday in McMinnville.

The Lebanon 13s, who won their district title 4-3 over Cookeville Sunday in Sparta, open state tournament play Saturday afternoon after drawing a first round bye.

Frankie Carr McConnell, 95
HERMITAGE -- Memorial services for Mrs. McConnell will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at McKendree Manor in the chapel. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the service at the chapel.
Mrs. McConnell, 95, died Wednesday, July 7, 2010.
She was a mentor and teacher of Sunday School classes and Bible study.
She was preceded in death by parents, Gertrude Jones and Frank Carr; husband, Robert McConnell; sisters, Ruth Tanksley, Bill Walker and Martha Brew.
Survivors include: sister Libby Quinn; sons Bob (Lois) and Joe (Linda); grandchildren Becky (Jerry) Allen, Blake (Shari), Robert, Eric, Branch and Glenn (Holland) McConnell and Mindy (Jeff) Thompson; and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McKendree Village Foundation, 4347 Lebanon Road, Hermitage, 37076.
Frankie Gregory, 69
DIXON SPRINGS -- Graveside services were held Thursday afternoon, July 22 at Dixon Springs Cemetery for longtime Lebanon businessman Frankie Gregory, 69.
Mr. Gregory died Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at University Medical Center.
Born in Pleasant Shade, he was the retired owner and operator of Frankie's Esso / Exxon Service Station & Garage on West Main Street.
He was a member of the Bide Russell Missionary Baptist Church in Riddleton and a 1959 graduate of Smith County High School where he was active in the agriculture program. His senior year he served as President of the Future Farmers of America.
Services were conducted by Elder Charles Allen Gentry.
Survivors include: daughter Michelle (Richard) Augustyniak of Murfreesboro; sisters Bobbie Duke of Donelson and Mary Moores of Ridgetop; granddaughter Nicole Augustyniak; and his loving companion of 38 years Chris Clinton of Lebanon.
He is preceded in death by parents Fred Alvis and Elsie Ellis Nixon Gregory and siblings Shelby Gregory Gutterrez and Joe Allen Gregory.
Memorials may be made to the Gregory Family Funeral Fund.
The Carthage chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Joyce Lyda, 70
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Lyda, 70, of Mt. Juliet.
The daughter of the late William Raymond and Annie Grace Armstrong Berryman, she died Wednesday, July 21, 2010.
Mrs. Lyda was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet.
The family will receive friends between the hours of 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Billie Friel.
Survivors include: husband Don Lyda; children Michael Lyda, Molly Phillips and Marlo Beazley.
Also surviving are siblings: Thomas Berryman and Barbara Burgess along with grandchildren Ty Beazley, Beau Beazley and Dylan Phillips.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Betty Adams, 14270 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, 37138.
Mt. Juliet's Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Corey Lamont Seay, 41
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, July 24 at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle for Mr. Seay, 41.
Mr. Seay, 41, died Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Centennial Medical Center.
Visitation is scheduled today between the hours of 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the church, located on Bluebird Road.
He was a member of Garden of Prayer Tabernacle. He attended elementary school in Lebanon as well as Lebanon High School, and also the Cleveland, Ohio school system. He lived in Hartsville and Lebanon as well as Cleveland, Ohio.
Services will be conducted by Bishop Belita McMurry-Fite. Interment will be in Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: wife Heather Seay; children Cortez Knight and Tacola, Taidrian, Valire and Corey Seay II; parents Henrietta Blair and John Thomas (Jennifer) Seay; siblings Gregory (Kiki) Seay, Patrick (Pamela) Seay, Renatta (Darryl) Scales and Syreeta (Andrew) Keeley; numerous nieces and nephews; in-laws Henry and Connie Beasley; and great-aunt Queen Steverson.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Arthur Perry and Alice Marie Joyner and Andrew D. and Ester Pearl Seay.
Lebanon's Disyal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Flo Ann Buehler, 82
CARLYLE, IL -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010, at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle for Mrs. Buehler, 82.
The daughter of the late of Joseph and Eulalia (Karcher) Eswine, she died Thursday, July 22, 2010 at her residence in Carlyle. 
Born July 17, 1928, in Belle Prairie, IL, she married Lloyd G. Buehler July 19, 1947, in Piopolis, IL and he preceded her in death July 17, 2004.  
Mrs. Buehler worked at a dress factory in McLeansboro, IL and was a loving housewife and mother. She enjoyed quilting, making baby toys and crafts and canning fruits and vegetables.  Flo Ann was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle, an honorary member of the U.S.S. Indiana Association and an active member of the Wilson County Senior Citizens Center in Lebanon. Mrs. Buehler was the matriarch of the Buehler Fan Club. 
Services will be conducted by Fr. George. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carlyle. 
Mrs. Buehler is survived by daughters Anne Tomlinson and husband David, Donna Cushing, Mary Ashby and husband Jim, Barbara Tomlinson and husband Donald and Paula Piercey and husband Gregg -- all of Lebanon, Jeanie Deiters and husband Ed and Geralyn Isenberg -- all of Carlyle, Illinois; sons Lloyd J. Buehler and wife Marlene of Centralia, IL, Bill Buehler of Lebanon and David Buehler and wife Donna of Carlyle.
Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; a brother Louis Eswine of Festus, Missouri; sisters-in-law Gloria Eswine of Coco Beach, Florida and Florence Eswine of Chesterfield, Missouri along with many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by daughter Carolyn Buehler on January 3, 1970; grandson Bradley Deiters on June 4, 1971; son-in-law David Cushing; brothers Oscar and Bill Eswine and a sister Regina Speros and husband Tony.   
Memorials in memory of Mrs. Buehler may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Baptismal Fountain Fund and will be received at the funeral home.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at
Arrangements by Zieren Day Funeral Home.
Gary Wayne Cripps, 63
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Cripps, 63, of Mt. Juliet.
A decorated US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he died July 22, 2010 at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Nashville.
A graduate of DeKalb County High School, he earned the Silver Star, the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart.
The family will receive friends Friday and Saturday between the hours of 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by Jerald Cripps and the Rev. Kenneth Clayton. Burial with military honors will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife Wanda Spence Cripps, daughter Angela Royalty of Lebanon, grandson Brody Royalty and mother Willie Jim Cripps Ayers Cripps of Dowelltown.
Also surviving are brothers Jerald (Lisa) Cripps of Liberty and Dwight Cripps of Dowelltown; sister-in-law Mat (Wayne) Marshall of Cane Ridge and several niece, nephews and other relations.
He is preceded in death by his father Carl Cripps.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.
Theodore A. Thorson, 90
NASHVILLE -- A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the Bahá’i Faith Community Center, 1556 Bell Road, Nashville for Mr. Thorson, 90.
Known as "Ted" to his family and friends, died Friday, July 16, 2010.
Born in St. Paul, MN, he lived in the state of Washington for 34 years before moving to Tennessee in 1988.
Mr. Thorson attended Baldwin Wallace and Western Reserve Colleges and was a longtime learner. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Mr. Thorson retired from Scott Paper Company in 1982.
Graveside services with military honors were conducted Tuesday morning, July 20 at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughter Janine (Wayne) Ray; granddaughters Lily Ray and Lea Ray and husband Tracy Feldman; several nieces and nephews; special friend Billie Frank Dickinson and her family along with dear friend “Mac” McConachie.
Mr. Thorson is preceded in death by parents Theodore A. and Frances Lundstrom Thorson; his wife of 62 years Pauline M. Thorson and sisters Marjorie (Joe) Steiger and Jane (Richard) McMahon.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Thomas and Dr. John Ververis and the 7th floor PCU staff of Summit Medical Center for outstanding care and kindness. Thanks also to Dr. Robert Guth whose care and friendship extended Mr. Thorson’s life.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
Alvin Louis Lynn, 70
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, July 20 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Lynn, 70, of Lebanon.
Born March 18, 1940, in Jackson County, he died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.
The son of the late Sanford and Sarah Clark Lynn, he served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1965.  Mr. Lynn was a farmer and a Baptist.
Services were conducted by Brother Paul R. Leftrick. Friends served as pallbearers. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: children, Cynthia Lynn, Terry (Juanita) Lynn and Tina Lynn -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Matthew (Amanda) Lynn, Marah Lynn, Brittany Collins and Dakota Suire.
Also surviving are siblings Sanford David Lynn of Gainsboro, Dorothy Shepard of Pegram, Donnetta Shepard and Phyllis Lynn -- both of Nashville, Brenda Mitchell of Gallatin and Linda Law of Westmoreland. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret J. Johnson Lynn; sister Diana Lynn; and brothers Aaron, Ace, James, Roy and Ray Lynn.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Lynette Schooley Kincaid, 39
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 22 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Kincaid, 39, of Mt. Juliet.
She passed away July 16, 2010.
Visitation with the family will one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Interment will follow the service at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: father Ken (Sharon) Schooley; mother Julie Ann Coady; siblings Blaine Schooley, Fred Foster, Karen Foster and Charlene (Chris) Flynn; children Evan, Ryan, McKayla, and Emma Grace.
Ms Kincaid is preceded in death by grandmother, Kathleen Flanagan and grandfather, Grant Long.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Phillip R. Woodard, 57
LEBANON – Mr. Woodard, 57, of Watertown, passed away July 20, 2010.
A memorial service, conducted by Brother Danny Sellars, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Thursday from 4 p.m. until service.
Honorary Pallbearers: Tommy “Booger” Davis and Jimmy Allen.
Survivors include daughters Misty Woodard, Shani Woodard and Cindy Woodard; grandchildren Christopher Robin Mohr, Joshua Kain Mohr, and Holly Mayanna Mohr; siblings Thelma (Warren) Kriel, Joann (James) Sullivan, David (Sandi) Woodard, Michael (Rita) Woodard, and Mark Woodard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents William Thomas “Tommy” and Verna Hamlett Woodard, and brothers Sammy and Gary Woodard.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Power outages set July 22-23

Middle Tennessee Electric crews will be working to improve electric service in Lebanon July 22-23, which will require outages in parts of the city. 

The scheduled work will require about 225 members to be without power. The scheduled times for the outages are from 11:30 p.m. July 22 to approximately 7 a.m. July 23.

Crews will work to double power line voltage and replace aging transformers along South Cumberland Street from just south of the Tennessee Boulevard intersection to the Lebanon Square.

Specifically, the affected locations will be residents and businesses along South Cumberland Street, South College Street, East Main Street, East Gay Street, East Spring Street and Thomas Terrace.
Should weather become inclement, the work will be postponed until July 29.

Early voting ends July 31

Wilson County voters are going to the three early voting sites and casting their ballots, and doing a bit better at it than our neighbors in Davidson County. Early voting began Friday, July 16 for the Primaries and General Election that will be held Aug. 5.

Lynn Harris, administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission, said through Monday night there were 1,556 votes cast.

“We’re doing alright, more than Davidson County,” she said. Harris noted she talked Tuesday with Ray Barrett, administrator of elections for the Metro Nashville-Davidson County Election Commission, and he said 1,098 early votes had been cast in Nashville through Monday. Presently, Metro only has one site available for early voting and will have additional sites open beginning next Monday.

Warmath notes talks regarding unified fire protection

By AUTUMN ALLISON, The Wilson Post

Fire safety proposals and grass control led Tuesday night’s Lebanon City Council meeting as councilors not only listened to complaints but expressed some of their own to Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines.

For years, city and county officials and those seeking office have discussed having a unified fire safety division, and Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath informed council of the details of the new proposal for unification of the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet fire divisions.

Warmath met with John Jewel, director of Wilson County Emergency Management Association, to discuss some of the finer details.

Deborah Mark faces license revocation, arraignment

By TOMI L. WILEY, for The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- The fate of a local physician recently indicted for the murder of her child stemming from child abuse was set to be decided late Tuesday as a State board met to hear details of a consent order and determine her licensure status.

According to Shelley Walker with the Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Deborah Mark, a pediatrician who was criminally charged with first degree murder in the death of her adopted daughter on July 12, agreed to surrender her license to practice medicine until the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners determine her license status at a meeting Tuesday. Neither Dr. Mark nor her attorney were expected to attend.

Shelley said the board's discussion and final decision on the order “could take place any time between 1 p.m., when members return from lunch break, and the end of the board's business day Tuesday, which could be as late as 6 p.m.” Also, no one with the Department of Health or the Board of Medical Examiners were available for interviews since this disciplinary matter and the criminal case are on-going.

James V. Smith, 97
OLD HICKORY -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 at the Hermitage Funeral Home Chapel, 535 Shute Lane, for Mr. James V. Smith, 97, of Mt. Juliet.
Mr. Smith, who served one term as Wilson County Trustee, died Sunday, July 18, 2010.
Born October 7, 1912 to the late Edd and Carrie Wright Smith, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 13th Field Artillery in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.
Visitation one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Interment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his sister-in-law Allene Smith; nieces Clara (Grady) Montgomery and Carolyn McDonald; nephew James (Diane) Harkreader.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith is also preceded in death by his wives Lyda Spickard Smith and Bernerdene Taylor Smith; brother Gaston "Tap" or "Gabby" Smith; sister Gertrude "Dutch" Harkreader.
Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers. Charles Clemmons and James Hamilton will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzhiemer's Association, Suite 216, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, 37215.
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

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